Eastwood Park Reporter

Minot, North Dakota

Est. 1991

January 1993

Vol 3, No 1

1992 Was A Busy Year For Eastwood Park

By Steven Cameron

Another busy year comes to a close. But, before we say goodbye to 1992, let's take a look back at what has happened here in Eastwood Park in 1992.

In January, St. Peter's held a Kairos Youth Retreat that included more than fifty teenagers from all over the region.

In February, Shan Cunningham started his new column, The Sensible Gardener, in the Eastwood Park Reporter. His column was one of the most read articles in the newspaper in 1992.

In the same month, the Eastwood Park Reporter became part of the ND State Historical Society reference library since there are few sources of Minot history available.

At the end of April, about 300 trees were planted on Eastwood Park boulevards thanks to a set of grants totaling more than $5000.

In May, the 2nd Annual Tour of Homes was held. Over 400 people visited the Cameron, Chiles, Landsiedel and Martin homes as well as the Temple Beth Israel. More than $2000 was raised by the event.

Eastwood Park held a neighborhood rummage sale in May. More than 20 families participated in the sale.

The Neighborhood Association became tax-exempt opening the opportunity for tax-deductible contributions and gifts.

The Association decided in May to show its support for the Eastwood Park Reporter by underwriting the printing costs for the newspaper.

During the summer, Shan Cunningham and many others helped beautify the 9th Street entrance to Eastwood Park. The fence was moved back down the slope toward the cut-off and many shrubs and flowers were planted. This project was funded by money raised by the 1992 Tour of Homes.

Several residents helped conduct a survey of the traffic through Eastwood Park. It was done to help predict traffic changes due to the new bridge slated to be built on the north side of Central Avenue.

During the summer, a committee was set up to start looking into rebuilding the 2nd avenue walking bridge into Roosevelt park. Some inroads have been made over the months.

In September, the Association held its annual potluck picnic at the home of Dan and LeAnn Derby. More than 30 people attended.

In October at the Association's Annual Meeting, Pete Hugret was elected President. The other officers were Kay Cameron, Vice-President; Deanne Clemens, Secretary; and Bruce Knudsen remained Treasurer.

In November, Betty Anne Beierle from the National Trust visited with members of the Association. She had some praise for what we have done and some ideas for more projects.

In December, the 2nd Annual Holiday Festival and Holiday Lights contest were held. They were both highly successful.

With all this happening in 1992, what does 1993 have in store for Eastwood Park?

A Touch of the Past

By Deanne Clemens

New Year's Day was the Victorian's Neighborhood Visiting Day, a time for open house, which was somewhat less formal than the Christmas holiday entertaining. Many households kept their open house from 9:00 am until midnight. New Year's calls would normally last from 5 minutes to a half an hour, with the average being 15 minutes.

Refreshments were kept light and tempting. It would be impossible for guests to consume generous amounts of food at every house visited. Between the hours of noon and 6:00 pm, hot food was served. At other times, guests were offered eggnog and a cold plate. The menu may have included chicken, turkey, pressed beef tongue, pickled oysters, lobster mayonnaise, crackers and wafers, calf's-foot jelly, pickles, an assortment of cakes and cookies, lemonade and eggnog. Hot chocolate was also a favorite drink.

The house would be decorated with flowers, stairways might be draped with holly and vines, and evergreens were found twining along banisters. Mistletoe was hung around cut-glass chandeliers and eggnog bowls had holly wreaths around the sides which were decorated with fruit and flowers.

Men's attire for New Year's calls consisted of Prince Albert coats, silk hats, spats and white gloves. The gloves were considered a necessity and ``the January 1 visitor would almost have preferred to omit his trousers, rather than to leave behind his gloves, which were marks of gentility.'' Ladies wore dresses of gay-colored silks, covered with ruffles and trimmed with lace and ribbons. Women also wore gloves, which were left on.

A New Year's call showed appreciation for past favors and also wiped out any obligations.

Holiday Festival Was Success!

By Kay Cameron

The 1992 Holiday Festival was great. I would like to thank everyone who helped by putting up lights, riding on the hay wagon, volunteered or contributed goodies.

Herbergers, Target, Wal-Mart and Deanne Clemens donated the door prizes for the event and Home of Economy gave the greenery for the false-arch bridge.

The Sunshine Kids, the Christ Lutheran Handbell Choir and Santa and Mrs. Claus did an excellent job entertaining the Guests at the Festival.

Danny Tuchsherer and his crew also did an outstanding job once again with the hay wagon and the caroling during the ride.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make it a very festive event. A special thank you to St. Peter's Orthodox Church for allowing the Association to use the church for the festival.

Historic Research Seminar Offered

By Dr. Steve Hoffbeck

This February, Minot State University is offering a course called ``Researching the History of your Home.'' This seminar is designed for people interested in learning how to research the history of their own over-fifty year old homes. Dr. Steve Hoffbeck, Assistant Professor in the history department at MSU, will instruct the seminar.

Students will learn how to use county directories, property abstracts, deeds and newspapers to find out the history and architecture of houses. Information concerning the National Register of Historic Places will be available to interested individuals.

Dr. Hoffbeck served as Coordinator of Historic Preservation for the city of Grand Forks and has experience with researching private dwellings and public buildings. He has also written National Register nominations, historic neighborhood inventories and neighborhood walking tours.

The seminar costs $20.00 per person and will be held on Tuesdays February 2, 9 and 16, 1993 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on each evening. Registration deadline is Friday, January 29, 1993. For more info, call Continuing Education at XXX-XXXX.

Contest Winners

By Steven Cameron

Congratulations to the winners of the Holiday Lights contest, the Clemens, 805 2nd Ave. Pete Hugret, 300 9th St., and Dave Lehner, 122 8th St. were second and third. The Zietz', 609 1st Ave., Camerons, 605 1st Ave., and Kabanuks, 913 2nd Ave., were honorable mentions.

Miss Sadie Says...

- Happy Birthday to Lindsey Clemens.

- Photographers from Going Places magazine were in Eastwood Park taking pictures of homes with holiday lights. Rumor has it that the Clemens home will be on next December's issue of Going Places.

- In Eastwood Park we have a nice way to say happy birthday, congratulations and welcome but you the readers of the paper must report to us. Just write down the information drop it off at 605 1st Ave. and we will see it is printed.

Happy New Year!